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Welcome to the blog and this collection of original artwork inspired by The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R Tolkien's wider mythology of Middle-earth. Aside from the influence of the source writing of Tolkien influence is also drawn from Director Peter Jackson's film trilogy (2001-2003) and the highly regarded Tolkien illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe. The magnificent musical score written for the film trilogy by Howard Shore also holds a significant influence upon the atmospheric and evocative quality of the works in this collection. From Mordor to the Misty Mountains combines landscape, miniature-scale and composite photography to depict locations, dramatic scenes and characters from the enduringly popular stories.

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PLEASE NOTE: This blog showcases Artwork (completed and in progress) and related exhibition news. There is NO option to purchase Art through this site at this time. Please visit from time to time as this may well change soon.

Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw


Art and the Music of LOTR (A feature in FILM SCORE MONTHLY ONLINE) Part 2 of 2

The February issue of FSMO (Film Score Monthly Online) recently featured the concluding part of my ambitious illustrated article on Howard Shore's epic scores for The Lord of the Rings (including aspects of The Hobbit) films.  As mentioned in the previous post concerning Part 1 the article makes substantial reference to the work of Author, Musician and Musicologist Doug Adams' excellent analysis of Shore's music as featured in his 2010 book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films (indeed follow Adams' related blog musicoflotr for more information).  The rationale and aim of the article was to respond artistically to Howard Shore's elaborately constructed Middle-earth scores via the illuminating analysis that Adams provides.  What this involved specifically for the artwork was substantial inspiration taken from the storytelling devices alive in Shore's music and the interpretation of masterful musical constructs (often coded musical references concealed or implied in the artwork through imagery and/or title).

As the online magazine is subscription only the article cannot be linked to here but please enjoy a series of specially selected screenshots of the final article in this blog post and remember that an earlier prelude to this article can be found on this very blog from June 2014 here.

The Lord of the Rings: Art for Ascension, Decline and Evil Times Part 2 by  John Cockshaw

(Many thanks to Managing Editor of FSMO Kristen Romanelli for her support and interest in the piece during its development)

A Very Yorkshire Hobbit: Artist/Curator Interview on the BBC. January 2015

One month ago the exhibition "Now Far Ahead The Road Has Gone: An Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Works of JRR Tolkien" came to a close in North Yorkshire with a very successful run from Mid-December til the end of January.  A wide range of visitors marched to see the show from across the county, nationwide and, delightfully, some international visitors too.  Verbal and written comments alike congratulated the mix of artwork content and style concerning my own work, Kat (Gugulska) and Ted's (Nasmith).

A particular highlight was an interview for the regional BBC News bulletin just before Christmas on Saturday 20th December and which aired on Friday 2nd Jan (lunchtime and evening) and again on Friday 9th January. Whilst I do possess an official copy of the broadcast from the BBC I'm unable to publish it here. These screenshots from the bulletin provide a great overview of the news feature titled 'Yorkshire Hobbit' and the emphasis was very much on myself as the local artist and exhibition coordinator/curator.

With thanks to Video Journalist Philip Chapman of the BBC